I have been able to access more Cornish masonic records of late and I found the following entry in the 1955 Cornish Masonic Year Book. The William Colenso here I believe must be the son of Alderman William Colenso described in the previous two chapters. One again there is a strong familiy connection between the Mount Sinai Lodge and the Colenso family. The image with red text shows William Colenso Jr's membership of the Holy Royal Arch Chapter of Holy Mount where he held the position of first principle in 1919. The final image is that of Penzance's Mark Master Mason degree where he held the position of Master in 1915.
Monday, 8 April 2013
Wednesday, 3 October 2012
|Penzance Masonic Temple.|
|William Colenson listed as master in 1886|
|William Colenso's book of constitutions.|
Posted by The Village Idiot at 02:47
Saturday, 31 March 2012
|Penzance Train Station - Now a different layout.|
|The Harrow Road Now|
For the duration of the war he was situated at Didcot which is now the home of the Great Western Society and the Didcot Railway Centre.
|Helston Station the Terminus of Gwinear Road Branch Line.|
In the later part of his career he would often work on the now defunct Gwinear Road to Helston line.
Posted by The Village Idiot at 08:15
Friday, 30 March 2012
|William and the Colenso Family.|
|William and Sarah's Grave|
|A gift to Richard Colenso, from Wiremu and Sarah - Touchingly personal|
Posted by The Village Idiot at 08:32
Monday, 19 March 2012
My great grandfather was a miner from Pendeen in Cornwall called Charles Henry May. Born in 1976 Charles was the illegitimate son of Elizabeth Ann May. No-one is actually sure who Charles' father was, there are some rather fanciful family stories, none are confirmed. Charles was brought up by his step father, John Charles Oats and who married his mother and became a tin miner by at least the age of 15. From thereon in Charle's life would be dominated by mining, travelling all over the world as well the British Isles, in pursuit of a living wage. Charles first married Margaret Ann Matthews on the 25th of November 1899, they had at least 2 children Charles Wyndham May and Florence May. Sadly, Margaret died somewhere between 1899 and 1903 with Charles marrying my Great Grandmother, Rachel Ann Thomas from Treherbert, Wales. By this time Charles has spent time in South Africa, Gold mining, and South Wales (Where he met Rachel) as a miner. They had the following children;
Davey James May – 1903 – Born inTreherbert
Davey James May – 1903 – Born inTreherbert
John Henry May – 1905 – Born in Treherbert
Elizabeth Ann May – 1907 – Born in Pendeen
Owen May – 1909 – Born in Treherbert
Rachel Ann May - 1911 born in Pendeen
Rachel Ann May is my paternal grandmother. As you can see there was a considerable amount of mobility between the two family communities, I imagine that Charles moved between sites as tin and coal prices rose and fell.
(Pictured left Boscaswell were the May family lived in the early 1900's).
(Picture left below - Treherbert, one the Coal mines that covered the Rhondda valley and typical of one of the places that Charles Henry May would have worked)
Charles eventually died young of one of the lung diseases common to hard rock and coal miners, because he did both it is difficult to know which one.
Rachel Ann May (Nee Thomas) family were from a line of Welsh coal miners from Blackwood and Bedwellty South Wales. Her father John William Thomas is recorded in the 1891 census as being a Coal miner from Blackwood.
Posted by The Village Idiot at 07:19
Monday, 12 March 2012
Robert Colenso was the father of Samuel May Colenso and Grandfather of Richard Veale Thomas Colenso. Robert seems to have been a professional publican and was the Landlord of the Queens head in Marazion (Sherborne Mercury) moving to the Kings Head Penzance in 1778. The Kings head seems to have been sited where the current "Tremenheere" Wetherspoons is and was a focus for much of the towns civic activity. A tradesman society of 101 traders met here regularly. Roberts name was often spelt "Calensoe". The following extract is from the London Gazette of 1786, it shows that the Kings Head was seen as a respectable establishment suitable for public meetings and in this case the meeting of a trust.
Posted by The Village Idiot at 12:40